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Drug discovery techniques focus on speed and cost reduction

Drug discovery relies on a huge range of techniques, from polymerase chain reaction analysis to clinical trial design. Here we highlight the latest innovations designed to cut costs and increase the speed of new drug discovery



Cost effective and reliable analysis of beverage antioxidant activity

Antioxidants present in red wine, tea, fruit juices and other beverages are known to give cardio-protective effect. The Randox Food Diagnostics Total Antioxidant Status (TAS) kit provides beverage companies with a useful tool to evaluate the phenolic content of their products by measurement of its antioxidant activity.



Produce Particulate-Free Water at Low Cost

Polyfil II cartridges are the filter of choice for organizations seeking absolute removal of unwanted particulates (0.5 to 105 micron) and for prefiltration to membrane filters.



The cost of being on your toes

Humans, other great apes and bears are among the few animals that step first on the heel when walking, and then roll onto the ball of the foot and toes.



Cost of heart disease in Europe

New figures published this month, highlighted the significant differences in cardiovascular disease across Europe.



Dust and static: what is the cost to the food manufacturing industry

Obviously it is uneconomic for food and drink manufacturers to invest in the type of clean rooms used in medical packaging and the electronics sectors.



Drug discovery companies turn to low cost Asian countries to evade stringent regulations

The Indian and Chinese drug discovery outsourcing market is riding a crest with companies from outside Asia increasingly seeking to outsource drug discovery to these countries for greater cost savings.



Major cost savings for brewers

Brewing Research International (BRi), based at Lyttel Hall in Nutfield, UK, describes itself as the premier technology and information organisation providing technical information and research services to the global brewing malting and drinks industries.



Standardise your LIMS and reduce total cost of ownership

Pharmaceutical companies that are planning or deploying a LIMS solution face significant challenges.



Innovations will increase efficiency and cut cost

The diversity of developments that has been recently announced by packaging and labelling companies shows the industry to be flourishing with a wide range of new products that help food producers increase efficiency and decrease costs.



Cost cutting measures and patent expirations to propel the European generics and biogenerics market

The upcoming spate of patent expirations bodes well for the European generics market. The growing loss of patent protection on blockbuster brands over the next few years, coupled with the rising need to contain spiralling healthcare costs, is set to provide a fillip to market expansion.



Time and cost savings promote appeal of high throughput screening

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies are under constant pressure to discover and develop new therapeutics at a lesser cost and within shorter timeframes. However, with investments exceeding US$ 500 million and nine out of 10 candidates failing to get drug approval, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies face a challenging task ahead.



Online logistics cuts time and cost involved with clinical trial shipping

As contract research organisations become increasingly involved with clinical trials, their logistics take on a new importance.A newly-launched initiative aims to reduce both the time andcost involved in this biomedical transport.



Cost of drug development reduced thanks to new technology

De Montfort University has come together with a leading UK-based life sciences commercialisation company, Ithaka Life Sciences Ltd (Ithaka), to market new technology designed to speed up and reduce the cost of the development of new drugs and medicines.



Cost saving laser-based process for manufacturing free-form optics

There is a growing demand for non-spherical glass optics. Currently, these optical elements - for example lenses for cameras or multifocal glasses - are still very costly to manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed a process for manufacturing optical glass components, which should be particularly suitable for the cost-effective production of aspheres and free-form optics.



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